How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away during a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.

If your system has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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